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Benefits

Building a Career is much different from accepting a job. When you join our KLN Team you are taking your first step to a better life. Here’s our Sweet 16 reasons of why this is true:

  • Our starting wages for entry level positions exceed local and regional standards and we pay more for night shift. Wages for unique skills also meet or exceed the market.
  • You simply can’t believe our profit sharing program; profit sharing checks are paid out every quarter we are profitable, a real boost for our staff. Producing the finest quality products is the work of many individuals doing their best…every day. When that kind of team effort produces profits for the company, we believe the reward should be shared. It’s the KLN Way.
  • So much discussion about health insurance…at KLN we do more than talk, we wrap you in a plan that protects you and your family. If you meet 5 bio-markers, single insurance premium costs nothing but the “real” value to you is approximately $3.25/hour. Wow!
  • While our insurance is second to none, we now have an on-site clinic for you and your dependents. When you use our Primary Care Clinic you pay nothing for the office call and zero for over 300 medications if you have our health insurance. No waiting, just walk in and get well!
  • You will have access to short and long term disability, vision and dental plans, life insurance and flex spending…the hits keep rolling.
  • We want you to be healthy, it’s great for you and let’s be honest…it’s pretty nice for the company too. Because a healthy employee is happy, focused and productive we offer a Wellness Coordinator and Employee Assistance Program to help you with life’s challenges. Monthly Wellness Talks focus on healthy eating and lifestyle.
  • Since your health is obviously important we also encourage you to be active. Therefore, we’ll pay your first $50.00 for a single PACC membership, $75 per couple and $100 per family, plus the cost of a 24/7 key. Because we’re serious if you are, we’ll then refund a portion of your monthly membership if you use the facility 8 times per month. Hmmm, let’s see; I get paid to work and work out? Nice!
  • If you are beginning your first “real” job you may not value health insurance and perhaps haven’t even begun thinking about retirement. No worry, we’re taking care of that for you and will match half up to 6% of investment into a 401K opportunity. One day you'll say, “Gee, that was really smart!”
  • Vacation begins to accrue the day you start with us; oh, 6 paid holidays too!
  • Did you know that if you’ve been with KLN Family Brands for 3 years you qualify for our Housing Program? Yes, we offer a $10,000 Home Grant Program if you buy a home in the Perham School District. Now, why would a company do that? First, we know that time on the road is time away from your family. Second, we also know that our greater community needs good people like you to be a part of our collective future.
  • You might be reading this and saying to yourself, “but I’m just starting and need some housing help now, not in 3 years”. Not to worry, we have that covered too. Ask us about our new 1st year housing incentive, moving expense plan and our Nelson Revolving No-Interest Loan to help you settle in. In a related program, we encourage you with a cash incentive when you refer other great team members…just like you!
  • Career Advancement is real at KLN Family Brands, many of our employees began at entry level, through their own hard work they have become managers, operators, supervisors, and leaders in our business. If you have the desire, we have the tools to help you achieve your dreams. Ask us about our student internship programs too.
  • Did you happen to notice that our name is KLN Family Brands? The word Family is really important to us, that’s why we provide college scholarships for your children and include them in our Primary Care Clinic services. In a neat spin-off, our company’s donation program also helps fund local schools, summer activity programs, Boys and Girls Club, School Back Pack Program, and major children’s health initiatives with Mayo Clinic and Pinky Swear.
  • One of the programs that people really enjoy is our Company Store where you get great deals on our products. So, whether you’re having a Super Bowl party and need snacks or “Max” is running short of our Tuffy’s premium label pet food…you get great deals.
  • Having a say in how things are done is important to anyone who’s ever laced up their boots and gone to work. At KLN we have learned over the years that when people are engaged in the success of the company they share their opinions and knowledge. KLN is at a better place because of that free exchange of ideas. It all goes back to our Team concept. Yes, we all have our job to do, but that doesn’t mean great ideas go unheard. Few companies could match the open door-open mind policy of KLN, the doors really are open and because of that, communication flows.
  • They say it’s the little things that often make a big difference. When you become a part of our team you enjoy these perks: shoe allowance, clothing incentive, employee appreciation meals, “years of service” gifts, safety incentives, birthday coupons, holiday turkeys, Holiday Club, direct deposit, and flu shots. Yep, KLN Cares!

Whether you are reading this for the first time or if you’ve been with the company for 30+ years, it is important that you are aware of these programs and use them to your advantage. Thank you for your commitment to KLN Family Brands…Tuffy’s Pet Foods and Kenny’s Candy & Confections. On the world stage we may not be the biggest player, but rest assured we produce the best quality, employ the best people and give our best daily effort.

Pay is reviewed annually.
KLN offers the $1,000 Deductible Plan administered by BlueLink TPA, an affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Minnesota. This plan requires a deductible or copay before most services are paid at 75%. Many services are covered at 100% with no deductible or copay needed, including eligible preventitive care, allergy injections and serum, retail clinic visit physician services, and outpatient lab and x-ray services.

You may participate in KLN's Wellness Program and earn credits to help reduce your health insurance premium. When you reach a biomarker goal and you complete two wellness options(see below), you earn $10.00 credit toward your health plan contribution. The 2015 biomarker goals are:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Glucose (Blood Sugar)
  • Body Mass Index
  • Waist Circumference
  • Total Cholesterol / HDL Cholesterol
  • Tobacco

Each calendar year you may submit you biomarker screening results to Health Strategies and earn premium credits.

When you sign up for a membership to the Perham Area Community Center (PACC), KLN will deduct your membership fees through payroll deduction. In addition, we pay:

  1. The first $50.00 of your fees (then the balance of the fees is deducted from you paycheck over all payrolls of the year).
  2. $15.00 for each month you go to the PACC at least eight (8) times when enrolled in our health plan. This amount appears on your check the following month.

If you have a spouse on KLN's health plan and you both go to the PACC at least eight times a month, you will get $20.00 on your check the next month. Single, couple, and family plans are available.

KLN provides a flexible benefit plan through Royal Resources. The flex plan year runs from January 1 – December 31. This plan allows you to pay less tax for medical/dental plan premiums and salary deductions for dependent care expenses. See Employee Benefit Program Guide for full plan details.
KLN provides a basic term life and AD&D insurance plan through for all eligible employees. KLN pays 100% of the premium for this benefit. See Employee Benefit Program Guide for full plan details.
KLN offers plans to protect your income in the event of a disability.
  • For salaried employees, we offer a company-administered salary sick pay plan plus a voluntary long-term disability (LTD). As an eligible employee, you are automatically enrolled in the Sick Pay Plan. If you want LTD coverage, you must elect this benefit.
  • For hourly employees, we offer a voluntary short-term disability (STD) plan plus a voluntary long-term disability (LTD) plan. These benefits must be elected by you and be in-force before coverage begins. See Summary Plan Description for full plan details.

KLN offers a voluntary dental plan from Delta Dental of Minnesota. It provides comprehensive coverage for most dental services. You pay 100% of the premium if you enroll.

KLN offers a 401(k) retirement savings plan through Minnesota Life-Securian for eligible employees age 18 and older and who have worked for us for at least 1,000 hours.

Your Contributions

You may elect to defer some of your compensation and contribute up to the IRS maximum limits for 2018. Choose to defer a percentage of your income each pay period. Your contributions are 100% vested.

Our Contributions For You

At our discretion, KLN may make a matching contribution to your 401(k) if you are also contributing. The match may be 50% of the first 6% of your deferred compensation up to $1,500/year.

You may opt to put money aside from your paycheck to save for the holidays. (There is not tax advantage as it comes out of your check after-tax). Your desired amount is deducted from the last paycheck in January through the last check in October (20 pay periods). After each paycheck, withheld money is put into a savings account and earns interest. Check are cut back to you shortly after the last paycheck in October, including your interest earnings.

KLN Enterprises, Inc. has a profit sharing plan for all eligible employees (all employees who have been employed at their current company – Kenny’s Candy, Nutheads, and Tuffy’s Pet Foods for a year during the measured time frame.)

Eligible employees will receive a percentage of the net plant income based upon the individuals percentage of gross wages divided by the total gross wages of all employees in the plan. Payouts will be made approximately 30 days after the end of periods 4, 7 , 10, and 13. To qualify for inclusion in any of the payouts, you must be actively employed during the measured time frame.

Vacation time off with pay is available to full-time active employees to provide opportunities for rest, relaxation, and personal pursuits.

Each week an employee is actively employed they will earn vacation. Employees will accrue vacation based on the length of his or her employment. The schedule is as follows:

Upon hire to the start of your 2nd anniversary employees will accrue .7695 hours a week.(40 hours maximum a year)

At the start of the your 2nd anniversary till the beginning of your 7th anniversary employees will be accrue 1.5385 hours a week.(80 hours maximum a year)

At the start of your 7th anniversary till the beginning of your 14th anniversary employees will earn 2.308 hours a week. (120 hours maximum a year)

At the start of the 14th anniversary employee will earn 3.077 hours a week. (160 hours maximum a year)

Employees will be able to accrue up to 40 hours more than their maximum accrual rate based on their years of service. Once maximum accrual plus 40 hours is reached employees will stop accruing until their accrual falls below their maximum accrual plus 40 hours. For fiscal year 2013, there will be an unlimited amount of vacation accruals an employee can earn.

The length of eligible service is calculated on the basis of a “benefit year”. This is the 12-month period that starts when the employee begins full-time employment with our company.

An employee will accrue vacation time during an approved family medical leave of absence.

Paid vacation time can be used in minimum increments of four hours. To take vacation, employees should request advance approval from their supervisors. Requests will be reviewed based on a number of factors, including business needs and staffing requirements.

Vacation time off is paid at the employee’s base pay rate at the time of vacation. It does not include overtime or any special forms of compensation such as incentives, commissions, bonuses, or shift differentials.

There are seven paid holidays, including New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. See employee handbook for complete details.

Employee Store - A company store is available to employees with all of our products at a reduced cost.

Automatic/Direct Deposit – Available for all employees’ payroll disbursements.

Education Cost Reimbursement – Available at management discretion for courses relating to your position.

Employee Assistance Program – Available to all employees.

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